Top Quality

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Top Quality
OriginWhite Plains, New York, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Years active1992–1998
Associated actsEPMD, Hit Squad

Top Quality was an American rapper formally signed to RCA Records in the early 1990s. He was the first rapper from White Plains to get a major label record deal.[1]

After appearing in The Source magazine's Unsigned Hype, a column dedicated to finding unsigned talent, Top Quality eventually caught the eye of EPMD's Parrish "PMD" Smith, who made him a member of the rap collective Hit Squad and was subsequently signed a deal with RCA Records. His debut album, Magnum Opus was released in May 1994 and was executively produced by Smith himself. The album, however, was a commercial failure. Unlike other Hit Squad releases at the time, Magnum Opus failed to sell many copies and peaked at only 95 on the Billboard R&B charts.[2][3]

After being released from RCA, Top Quality appeared on PMD's Shade Business in 1994 and 3rd Eye's Planets in 1998, but he has not been heard of since. Top quality is currently a member of Too Skinny, a local band in western new York.


Year Title Chart positions
U.S. R&B
1994 Magnum Opus
  • Released: May 24, 1994
  • Label: RCA


  1. ^ "Top Quality". West Cheddar. Retrieved April 13, 2014.
  2. ^ "Top Quality biography at". 2010-10-29.
  3. ^ "Magnum Opus chart positions at". 2010-10-29.